Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Royal Imported Snow
And so the snow has gone. We can see the pavements once again. Patches of green grass smile at us after several months' absence. The sky is blue. The sun is shining. And spring, maybe, yes, spring is here.
But not at the palace. Tons of snow has been shipped in and placed around the outside wall of the royal palace in central Stockholm. Not because the King has a particular penchant for snow, but because the Royal Palace sprint is taking place today. A world championship race, this sprint is, of course, on skis and the keen participants skirt the monarch's outward rim in a sweaty, delirious blur of colour.
It seems to me like the transporting of snow into the city when the snow has gone is a strange idea. It seems expensive and not very environmentally friendly.
Why not schedule the race earlier in the year?
Like, in the winter, perhaps, when we have 4 months of natural unloved snow?